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"hardened" in British English

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hardenedadjective

uk   /ˈhɑː.dənd/  us   /ˈhɑːr-/
[before noun] used to ​describe someone who has had a lot of ​badexperiences and as a ​result no ​longer gets ​upset or ​shocked: hardened ​detectives/​reporters [before noun] no ​longerlikely to ​change a ​bad way of ​life or ​feelsorry about it: a hardened criminalbe/become hardened to sth to ​develop a way of ​dealing with a ​sadsituation so that it no ​longerupsets you: You ​see all ​sorts of ​terrible things when you're a ​nurse so you ​become hardened to it.
(Definition of hardened from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"hardened" in American English

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hardenedadjective

 us   /ˈhɑr·dənd/
having ​developed a way of ​dealing with ​badexperiences so that they no ​longerupset you : The ​judge called him a hardened ​criminal (= one who will not ​stop his ​criminalactivity).
(Definition of hardened from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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